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A science-fiction franchise, comprising TV series, movies and other media created by Gene Roddenberry.

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Does Starfleet have the ability to let men carry babies?

In Star Trek Voyager “Friendship One” (season 7, episode 21), a heavily pregnant Torres and Paris are arguing about her going down to an irradiated planet. Paris does not want her to go because she is ...
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Who designed the original Star Trek's communicator? [closed]

The communicator in the original Star Trek TV series is very similar in design to a flip phone? Was there product development done for the communicator before it was made? Who designed and created the ...
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Are there any male actors written out of a Star Trek series?

I can only think of two main cast members who were written out of a Star Trek series. That includes Tasha Yar of SNG, and Kes of Voyager who were both female. Wesley Crusher's role in SNG was reduced ...
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Does Captain Tracey (Star Trek “The Omega Glory”) resemble a figure from American history?

In the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969), I consider the character Garth a George Washington figure (whether consciously intended or not). He was a great military leader; also, his "...
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Filming locations for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

IMDB lists numerous filming locations for various scenes in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Not explicitly listed are scenes set aboard the USS Enterprise (the aircraft carrier CVN 65). Of specific ...
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Why did Spock and McCoy lie about not watching Kirk's final message in “The Tholian Web?”

Something I've never been able to puzzle out an in-universe reason for.... In the course of the episode "The Tholian Web," Capt. Kirk disappears in an 'interphase' event, along with the ill-fated USS ...
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At how many different scales were starship Enterprise models produced?

My question is about models of the original series Star Trek Enterprise, both shooting models produced by the studio for the original series run, as well as licensed model kits ever available for ...
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Did Captain Archer just forget the Illyrians after leaving them stranded?

The Star Trek Enterprise episode Damage ends with Captain Archer leaving the Illyrians stranded 3 years from home. This post 9/11 writing always bothered me because it seems to betray what Star Trek ...
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Did Nana Visitor actually sing the song that her character sings?

In an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) is in love with Major Kira (Nana Visitor) and does not know how to court her. He seeks advice from a character in the holodeck who ...
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Time travel as an undo

In Star Trek (movies and tv) is there any reason why the crew can't use time travel as an "undo" should something drastic happen, for example death? They use time travel in First Contact to stop the ...
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Why aren't more holographic programs equipped with mobile emitters?

In Star Trek: Voyager the doctor at first is not capable of leaving the medical room, but later on he acquires a mobile emitter allowing him to leave the medical room. Seen on his arm. Why don't ...
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Significance of different color of uniform shirts in Star Trek reboot series movies

What does the different color of uniform shirts signify in the Star Trek movies of reboot series? In Star Trek Into Darkness Kirk orders Chekov to wear a red shirt in place of a yellow one to work in ...
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How is open head of Commander Data done?

Data has his head open several times, for example here: Given the time of creation of Star Trek - Next Generation series, I don't assume this would be done with CGI, also his head doesn't seem to be ...
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Was the Star Trek episode Catspaw originally intended as a Halloween episode or was it just coincidence?

Was the Star Trek episode Catspaw originally intended as a Halloween episode or was it just coincidence? Did Gene Rodenberry or network executives specifically request an episode be written with ...
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How Did Kirk and Sulu Survive the Free Fall from Space Above Vulcan?

In Star Trek (2009), Kirk, Sulu (and a third) free fall from space in an attempt to disable the drill. Presumably, the shuttle didn't divert to enter Vulcan's atmosphere, so how did the three avoid ...
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How fast is the spore drive compared to other ships in the show?

I am trying to get my head around this as it doesn't make sense to me at the moment. We are in 2256 and the Discovery is currently experimenting with a spore drive. During the show it is saying how ...
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Physiological changes in Klingons between Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Discovery

My question is extremely similar to this one. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, thus I always took it for granted that Klingons look like this: Now I'm watching the brand-new Star ...
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Why does Captain Christopher Pike use a Wheelchair?

In the Star Trek (2009) movie, Captain Christopher Pike is injured during his capture, and is clearly seen using a wheelchair at the medal ceremony for Kirk. The question is: is there any in-universe ...
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Why do we not see see more robots in the Star Trek universe? [closed]

Sure we have androids like Data and Lore. We also have self driving/autonomous flying garbage trucks. We even have entire cybernetic races like the Borg and even nano bots. But in all the movies and ...
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Who are Sheldon's references of Crunch and Kangaroo?

In this clip of The Big Bang Theory, before sacrificing himself, Sheldon says Following in the footsteps of Kirk, Crunch and Kangaroo. I know Captain Kirk died ...
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Why was Kirk in the Nexus, but not the rest of the crew?

In Star Trek: Generations, the Enterprise-B is hit by the nexus energy wave. Kirk dies and is later found in the nexus. But why was he the only one there? If that energy wave was the nexus, shouldn't ...
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Was the smoke in this scene accidental or a practical effect serving to depict something?

In the Star Trek: The Original Series(TOS) episode "Journey to Babel", There were several shots of an "operating room" scene, in which McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is operating on Sarek. In at least a ...
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Memory of an episode no one remembers from Star Trek? [closed]

I have distinct memory of a Star Trek episode no one remembers! It is about Spock and Kirk going down to a dying planet with ruins around a dying star that comes to life as a person on the planet (...
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How does one Klingon recognise another as discommended?

I'm thinking particularly of the episode "The Mind's Eye" (TNG 4x24). When Picard tells Ambassador Kell that Worf is on the case, Kell interrupts to request another security officer due to Worf's ...
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Is there any rationale for the different colours of uniforms on the different series of Star Trek?

When looking at the evidence for this question (Do Star Trek characters wearing red shirts have the highest death rate on the original show?) it became apparent that the key colours of the uniforms ...
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If everyone uses replicator, why do tailors still exist?

In Star Trek, Starfleet uniforms and other clothing is made by replicator patterns. Not only does this suggest a standard pattern as well as standard sizing considering the variety of body types that ...
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How does the Universal Translator work?

In Star Trek Voyager, The 37's, its revealed that the Universal Translator somehow turns speech into the recipient's (the person hearing) language for each individual person, regardless of how many ...
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Why was Kes ignored in Year of Hell?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Before and After," Kes shifts backwards through time. Part of this time is spent during the "Year of Hell", during which she learns vital information about the ...
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Is there a canon explanation for certain holodeck differences between Star Trek shows?

Namely, I noticed that in Star Trek: The Next Generation, holographic characters and objects can actually travel a little distance/last for a few moments outside of the holodeck. (e.g. A couple of ...
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Why was Beverly Crusher not on the second season of Star Trek: TNG?

Berverly Crusher was replaced by Katherine Pulaski in the second season of Star Trek: TNG to become leader of a medical research faculty. My question is what were the show's 'internal' reasons to ...
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Why didn't Author, Author reference A Measure of a Man?

The Voyager episode "Author, Author" is basically a shameless ripoff homage to the TNG era episode of "Measure of a Man". In that, an android known as Data has to face a tribunal to be declared ...
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What Star Trek TOS characters have been confirmed to be appearing in Discovery?

Since the new Star Trek: Discovery series is set 10 years before the events of The Original Series, are there any characters from the original Star Trek series that have been confirmed will appear in ...
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Have we ever seen Data make use of his “multiple techniques” before First Contact?

At some point during Data's captivity and interrogation by the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact her tries to convince him go into a more instinctual direction: Borg: Are you familiar with ...
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How come they couldn't heal Captain Pike's injuries in Star Trek?

As we saw in the Star Trek movies and TV shows, the Federation has extraordinarily advanced knowledge, science, medicine and technology. They were able to cure all fatal injuries, horrible diseases ...
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How Does the Delta Flyer Get Repaired in Star Trek: Voyager Season 7?

In "Unimatrix Zero" (Season 6, Episode 26 and Season 7, Episode 27 of Star Trek: Voyager), one of Voyager's shuttles, the Delta Flyer, gets shot to pieces. But by the next episode (s7 ep2, "...
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What was the last episode/movie Majel Barrett recorded?

Majel Barrett's voice was used for the computer voice in every Star Trek series (and most of the movies) after TOS. She even did a bunch of phonetic recordings that could be used in future projects. ...
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What was happening in “In a Mirror Darkly”?

In episodes 18 and 19 of the 4th series of Star Trek Enterprise ("In a Mirror, Darkly") the characters exist in a dark mirror universe where Star Fleet is the military arm of an aggressive terran ...
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Were Chekov's scenes reduced in Star Trek Beyond?

The other day I was watching Star Trek Beyond, and was surprised how little Chekov appears in it. My understanding was that Anton Yelchin died after filming was complete, but it felt like they may ...
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Has Federation medical science really allowed for males to carry a child?

In Deep Space 9 s4e25 Body Parts, Keiko is injured. Keiko is also pregnant with her and Miles O'Brien second child. The injury introduces complications and puts the fetus at risk. The Doctor at hand ...
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Why does the Federation require a rental agreement?

Why does the Federation act as landlord on Deep Space 9? Sisko threatens to collect five years of back rent from Quark in season 4 episode 16, "The Bar Association," as well as power and repair fees. ...
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Why couldn't Krall and crew repair the USS Franklin when Scotty and Jaylah could?

Why couldn't Krall and crew repair the USS Franklin when Scotty and Jaylah could? Jaylah is not Starfleet (yet) but was still able to work on USS Franklin, and was eventually able to get it running ...
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Music player device from Star Trek Beyond

Around the middle of the movie Star Trek Beyond there's some sort of music player device playing the song "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy. Does that device exist for real, or is possibly built out ...
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How does the federation keep the “stardate” consistent across its territory?

There are several problems that arise by keeping time across galactic distances, arising from relativity, FTL travel and lack of a unified referential. How does the "Stardate" in Star Trek work then? ...
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How did Kirk sell his house?

In Star Trek: The Voyage Home after dining with Gillian Taylor, Kirk excuses himself for not paying for the meal stating money does not exist in 23rd century. Years later in Star Trek: Generations ...
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Why didn't somebody at the Yorktown space station just transport Krall and the weapon into space?

Given the threat that Krall and his represented to the Yorktown Space Station, it seems like they could have done more to kill him. Scotty was already working with their operations people at the time ...
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Why was Ezri Dax the polar opposite of Jadzia Dax?

When Star Trek: Deep Space 9 killed off Jadzia Dax, a strong willed woman of skill, they replaced her with Ezri Dax, a very timid, undeveloped woman barely out of her teenage years and mentality. Why ...
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Basis of the CGI model of SS Botany Bay in ST:TOS “Space Seed” re-release

In the original release of the Star Trek TOS episode "Space Seed", shots depicting the exterior of the Botany Bay only ever show it in profile, never revealing the true shape of the physical model. In ...
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Why was Tuvok sent to infiltrate the Maquis?

In the first episode of Star Trek Voyager it is revealed that the Vulcan character Tuvok was sent to be a double agent for the Federation in the Maquis. There are conversations in Next Gen that say ...
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What was the prop the sample Spock shatters with a squeeze made of?

In the Star Trek original series episode "Balance of Terror", there is a briefing room scene. In the scene, Spock holds up a sample of recovered debris. Spock's in-universe description calls it: ...
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First explicit mention of money in Star Trek

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, we have this exchange: McCoy: It's a wonder these people ever made it out of the 20th Century. Kirk: They're still using money. We've got to get some. And ...